After many months of hard work, last Tuesday we finally shipped Square Heroes on PS4. It’s available right now in the PlayStation Store, and the coolest part is that cross-platform online multiplayer is supported between PS4 and PC/Mac/Linux players. Check out the PlayStation Game listing. If you’re not a PS4 gamer, you can grab a copy (or 3) on Steam. It’s on sale until 6th March for $1.99 to celebrate the PS4 launch.
If you’d like to read more about it, take a look at the PlayStation Blog announcement. Thanks to the Sony folks who let me be a guest author there.
Another cool thing I’d like to mention is that Square Heroes is the first ever game made in Perth, Western Australia to reach PlayStation 4. It’s also the first game by Gnomic Studios on any PlayStation system, which feels like a great milestone. Let it be the first of many!
Being a twin-stick shooter with local multiplayer, the game is well suited to console platforms where people all use controllers and often sit on couches next to eachother. Unfortunately the people at Xbox One haven’t been super quick about supporting our framework (MonoGame) so you Xbox owners are out of luck for now. When we do finally port to Xbox, I’m not confident that they’ll let us have cross-platform multiplayer either as they tend to be more touchy* about their Xbox Live ecosystem than Sony is about PSN. Therefore, I’m declaring PS4 the ultimate Square Heroes platform! Let’s hope the sales justify the hard work! 😉
Here’s our PS4 launch trailer. Big thanks to my brother Jeremy Prestwood for the excelling editing, and to Bela Inkster for the rocking music!
* When I spoke to Chris Charla at PAX 1.5 years ago, he declared that cross-platform multiplayer with Xbox Live vs non-Xbox Live players was pretty much out of the question, citing issues with not being able to track and deal with potential bad eggs from outside their ecosystem.